Ambassador LeBaron is a career diplomat with over thirty years experience abroad and in Washington. His most recent overseas posting was as deputy chief of mission at the US embassy in London from August 2007 to August 2010. Ambassador LeBaron served as chargé d'affaires in London from February to August 2009. Previous to his assignment to London, Ambassador LeBaron served as the US ambassador to Kuwait (2004 to 2007). From September 2001 to July 2004, Ambassador LeBaron served as deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of the United States in Tel Aviv, Israel. Ambassador LeBaron was minister-counselor for political and economic affairs at the Embassy of the United States in Cairo, Egypt from 1998 to 2001. While posted in Washington from 1991 to 1998, he served in three positions related to the Middle East: director for Near East and South Asian affairs at the National Security Council, director of the Peace Process and Regional Affairs Office in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State, and public affairs adviser for the Near Eastern Bureau. From 1991 to 1993, Ambassador LeBaron was political officer in the State Department's Office of European Community Affairs. Ambassador LeBaron's earlier overseas diplomatic postings included: Lisbon (1989-91), Tunis (1986-89), New Delhi (1982-84) and Managua (1980-82). Before he entered the Foreign Service, the Ambassador held a two-year consultancy in Brazil working on science policy issues. Ambassador LeBaron studied at the University of Colorado (BA) and The George Washington University (MA).
November 27, 2013Atlantic Council VP and Brent Scowcroft Center Director Barry Pavel and Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Richard LeBaron are quoted in a recent Defense News article about their trip to Saudi Arabia and the country's relations with the rest of…
November 25, 2013Richard LeBaron, senior fellow for the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, is quoted by Bloomberg on the growing divide between US and Israeli leadership over the Iran nuclear deal:
November 11, 2013Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East Senior Fellow Richard LeBaron joins Geraldo to discuss the outcome of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5 + 1 group:
September 24, 2013Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East Senior Fellow Richard LeBaron speaks with Geraldo Rivera during UN General Assembly meetings and prospects for a rapprochement between the United States and Iran:
February 17, 2013On February 17, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East Senior Fellow Richard LeBaron was quoted in a Reuters article: "Analysis: Rise of Islamists frays strategic UAE-Egyptian relations."